Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Pride, Prejudice, and Pakistanis
What does Pakistan Paindabad’s Indian readers think of Pakistan Paindabad.
[Compilation and the picture, at the Indian side of Wagah border, by Mayank Austen Soofi]
Pakistan Paindabad is happy. Thousands of visitors are clicking on these pages each day. Kind-hearted strangers are taking out time to write e-mails. I’m being congratulated for doing “good work”. It is a heady feeling indeed. The sense of self-importance is over-whelming and dangerous. However, the credit truly lies with people who have written for this site. And also with those who agreed to be interviewed here. Here are some of the recent letters sent by Indian readers.
It is a wonderful thing you are doing. I've always been uneasy that age old hostilities carry themselves over to subsequent generations for no apparent reason. Imaginary lines on a map could create so much division between people who are so similar. Perhaps we just need to be introduced to the idea that we can choose to think differently and have an open mind about things. Your blog does that and more. Congratulations and keep up the good work!
Join the Crusade
I want to join you and your website to do something for the good relationship between Pakistan and India.
Views On Pakistanis
I am an Indian studying in US. It was only after coming here that I met Pakistanis, and frankly I have really good Pakistani friends here. I don’t know about Pakistanis in Pakistan, but the Pakistanis over here are totally different from what I had imagined. Some of them, of course, are the types I wouldn’t like to be friends with. Especially those blaming India and Hindus for everything wrong. But most Pakistanis are not like that.
I went through your blog and I am glad you are doing such a simple yet significant thing. Don’t let anything stop you.
It is nice to see your blog. I heard about it from one of the news websites. Let me put it this way. Every single individual has a personal admiration perspective and it might end up anywhere. It is absolutely coincidental that you hold such love and affection for Pakistan. As rightly said, people are never bad; it is the weather (fiza) that creates adverse feelings.
As I was going through yours blogs, it reminded me of the few interactions I had with people from Pakistan in Italy and US. Sometimes I wonder why media and Indians always see Pakistan as enemy and consider all people in that country as Jehadis.
After reading your blog, I feel like going to Pakistan at least once and see the canal in Lahore and roam on Karachi beach. Hopefully I would be able to fulfill my dream soon.
Your blog was an excellent idea.
Professor Ramesh Manghirmalani